Shaggy Inkcap - Coprinus comatus

Alternative names
Lawyer's Wig

Usually up to 10 cm tall, occasionally more. Egg shaped when young, becoming bell shaped. The young cap is white with darker flaky scales. As it becomes older it begins to turn inky (deliquesces) from the outer rim of the cap inwards.

Identification difficulty

It occurs in meadows, woods and roadside verges

When to see it

Found from late summer to autumn

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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